Gregg County Historical Foundation presents the 15th Annual
Landmarks of Longview, an Architectural Tour
September 20th & 21st from 1pm – 5pm
Longview, TX (August 20, 2014) The Gregg County Historical Museum is proud to present the 15th Annual Landmarks of Longview Architectural Tour on September 20th & 21st.
The recipient of the Preservation Award for 2014 is Linda Ryan Thomas. This award honors her many contributions throughout the years benefitting Longview and Gregg County. The tour will also recognize, in memoriam, the inspirational founder of Landmarks of Longview, Dr. W. D. Northcutt III.
The 2014 Landmarks of Longview tour will feature 5 beautiful locations in Huntington Park. Located off of McCann Road, Huntington Park was established in the early 1960's. One of the original houses belonging to Alicia and Mike Nolte is featured on this year's tour. As more houses were constructed over the years, the variety and styles of homes created what is now an established and popular neighborhood. Each home is unique, reflecting styles ranging from traditional to contemporary. Two of the homes on the tour this year are works of design team, Robert Allen and James Buie.
Perry Reed, 4 Bedford Circle
This home, designed in 1978 by Bobby Allen and constructed by Gilbert Moore, has a subtle view from the street, and a gorgeous sculpture gracing the front entrance. Upon entering the house, everything comes alive. Mr. Reed has furnished and appointed his 7000 square foot home with many Southwestern and Native American pieces that stand out against the colorful paint backgrounds he has chosen. The paintings and sculptures are primarily the works of recognized artists, some of which were acquired in Santa Fe, one of Mr Reed's favorite art communities. Mr Reed has done an excellent job of decorating his home with a style he loves that is welcoming, fascinating and comfortable. In keeping with the Bobby Allen design, the inside and outside feel blended as one while maintaining complete privacy.
Linda Robinett, 7 Huntington Street
The unique terrain, including iron ore boulders and native trees inspired Architect Barton L. Robinett to design a contemporary home complimenting these natural elements. Rock steps, surrounded by azaleas, lead to the redwood walkway and the large redwood double door entry. Designed around a Hickory tree, large glass windows allows the outside and the inside to become one in a home filled with natural light. The interior finishes and materials were selected by Linda Robinett to compliment the contemporary architecture of a home. This home remains virtually the same as it was when built in 1983, and the timeless decor choices continue to make the home look current today. Once inside this home, a spa like peacefulness inspires a feeling the home is somewhere far away from civilization.
Alicia and Mike Nolte, 6 Huntington Circle
This mid-century home belonging to Mike and Alicia Nolte, is reminiscent of the old plantation style of days gone by. Huge white columns grace the front porch where a red double door welcomes visitors inside. This home, built in 1958, still possesses the original polished terrazzo floors, ornate moldings, chandeliers and other features chosen by the original owner. Alicia has integrated her own style, with the help of designer, Chaz Bingham, throughout the house. She has artfully combined some newer pieces with the original decor, remodeled certain areas and installed some new additions. She admires designer, Jan Showers, and has integrated much of her furniture, colors and textures from this Dallas designer. Alicia has a knack for finding unique pieces from all over the world which add to the interest and charm of this home.
Derrith and Bob Bondurant, 1306 Montclair Street
This contemporary residence, designed in 1975, by the team of Bobby Allen and Jim Buie, has breathtaking views from every room. The Bondurants have updated and expanded the driveway area using pea gravel to create a circular drive with multi level steps leading up to the entrance. The updated landscaping complements this spacious area making it inviting as well as a more convenient space for guest parking. The interior is elegant, spacious and filled with natural light. The rooms are built around courtyards with floor to ceiling windows that offer complete privacy while bringing the outside world into the home. The elegant interior was designed with the help of Jack Barkley and Lauren Golden who were able to combine family heirlooms with new pieces in a seamless fashion. Many art pieces and paintings displayed in the home are creations by UT Tyler students.
Marilyn and Dr. Joseph Bianca, 11 Huntington Street
This beautiful traditional style home was built in1986 for Dr. Joseph and Marilyn Bianca. Winding brick steps flanked by colorful landscaping lead the way to the covered porch entrance. A stunning cross is highlighted in the foyer of the home and is a replica of the full sized original designed by Frederick Hart and presented to the late Pope John Paul II. The living room and dining room reflect the Bianca's eclectic style including antique Asian pieces, some traditional furnishings and mosaics created by local artist, Jeanie Folzenlogen. Several glass cabinets shine their lights on collections of Steuben crystal, cherished family pieces and acquisitions from the Bianca's world travels. Family photos from several generations are lovingly featured throughout the house. A recently updated kitchen and master bathroom are beautiful additions to this warm and welcoming home.
Advance tickets are $20 each and are available from the Gregg County Historical Museum, Barron’s, Louis Morgan #4, Pen and Company, Horaney's, C.S. Cutting Co., Johnny Cace’s Seafood and Steak House, Texas Bank and Trust and Citizen's Bank, downtown. Tickets are also available at each home during tour hours at a price of $25. Tickets are limited and will be sold on a first come, first served basis. All tickets are valid for both days.
For more information contact the Gregg County Historical Museum, 214 North Fredonia Street, visit the website, www.gregghistorical.org, Like us on Facebook/GreggCountyHistoricalMuseum or call 903.753.5840. Shuttles will be available for transportation to and from the homes. Proceeds benefit the Gregg County Historical Museum. This program made possible, in part, through a grant from the City of Longview.